To carry out the experimental components of the research, members of the Virginia Tech Site will utilize the facilities of the Wireless @ Virginia Tech research group. This research group has an extensive array of equipment and tools which are described below.
Wireless @ Virginia Tech supports research activities in the areas of:
This testbed consists of 48 USRP2 nodes outfitted with custom Motorola RFIC daughter cards as detailed in Figure 1 and Table 1 below.
Recently, the Office of Naval Research awarded a Department of Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) project to Virginia Tech to expand CORNET to include an outdoor test bed with the deployment of 15 fixed outdoor nodes and two mobiles nodes, as shown in Figure 2. The test bed is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. Once complete, the outdoor nodes will be integrated with the existing CORNET test bed and function as part of the greater test bed infrastructure.
Wireless @ Virginia Tech maintains close contact with the wireless industry, government and other universities. The center disseminates research results to the aforementioned entities on a quarterly basis. In addition, the Wireless @ Virginia Tech's newsletter, The Propagator, reaches an audience of over 10,000. In addition, Wireless @ Virginia Tech holds an annual symposium on wireless communications as well as a wireless summer school as an educational outreach activity to industry. The wireless summer school consists of a dozen short courses on emerging wireless communication technologies. There is strong participation from the wireless industry in these outreach activities. Wireless @ Virginia Tech also offers special incentives to encourage the participation of students from underrepresented groups.